Skins-Boys Bonus Quotes: Head Banging
Bonus quotes from a Redskins locker room after Washington won in Texas Stadium for the second time as a double-digit underdog.
Wait, that's not stat-nerdy enough? How about this: according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Washington is the first NFL team since the 1995 Rams to play its first four games without committing an offensive turnover, and the first Redskins team since 1990 to do the same. Washington is tied for first in turnover differential, is the only NFL team not to throw an interception, and the only that has gone from first-pick-in-the-draft calamity to the penthouse in four weeks.
Clinton Portis, on the NFC East race: "This is a tough division. Week in and week out you know it's gonna be a head banging division, and you've got to come out with your best effort. I think every team in the division knows that. No team you can look at on your schedule, 'Oh, we're gonna win that game, that's a sure win.' I think we used to be that team."
Ladell Betts, on what this means: "Everybody has to look at the Redskins in a different light right now. This is a great team. We can beat anybody. We can play with anybody. We proved that right now."
T.O., on his newfound maturity: "It's no secret, when I get the ball, things move, we move the chains. If not, you see the stagnate in the offense."
Jim Zorn, on what this means: "It's a rivalry. So how good do these guys feel? They're exhausted, and Dallas is probably exhausted as well. It's a brawl. And I think the statement was that we were willing to lay it on the line today, and our team went out there and did that. We did what we had to do to win. It was a very, very close football game. And I didn't know whether I had a headache from calling plays or from watching the clock, but it was a very, very difficult game to watch at the end there. I kept yapping to the coaches."
Jason Campbell, on the final regular season game here: "I'm still young in it. This is only my second time here, but it's definitely a memory to keep. You know, I kept the ball after the game. Hopefully no one tries to take it. But you just continue to keep playing, continue to compete. I told our team, you have to expect to win each Sunday, come out fighting. Expect to win and you'll come out winners."
Chris Cooley, on the offense: "It felt so good today. It felt like we were in charge of the game all day. It felt like offensively we kind of did what we wanted....I think our offensive line and our front just became so physical in the second half that it opened up everything. You know when you're playing against a tired defense and we started to take advantage of that."
Chris Cooley, on tired defenses: "It's a huge difference, whether someone wants to come all the way and hit you or whether they just want to play their gap, you can tell when someone's tired. They're not gonna play as hard, they're not gonna come off as hard, they're not gonna chase the ball as hard. I think everyone was tired, but we just kept coming at them. In the end of the fourth quarter when we started running the ball at them, they were a tired defense."
Clinton Portis, on the same: "I think [the running attack] kind of wore them down. That's great to have a back that complements you. So when coach called on us, called on the running game, the offensive line responded great and everybody looked forward to it....I think if you had to go out and chase Santana Moss and Randle El around for three quarters as a linebacker, chase Chris Cooley down the field, you know, the wear and tear gonna be there. And I think coach keep us fresh enough for the late innings of the game, when it's really time to depend on it we come downhill."
Casey Rabach, on twice-nullifying touchdowns with penalties: "Any time something like that happens it kind of sticks in your craw. It's tough to bounce back from, but my guys around me rallied and picked up on my shortcomings and we end up with a field goal....I can't thank my teammates enough."
Greg Ellis, on the Redskins' offense: "I'm going to say it was a matter of execution on their behalf and give them their credit. They outplayed us today."
Chris Horton, on his rising interception total: I'm just in the right spot, you know? We call the defense, I get to the drop and get that guy, and I was just glad he threw the ball, because I knew if he threw it I was gonna pick it. If I got in the right position and he throws that ball, it's a pick. I don't think he saw me. I kind of like baited it up."
Fred Smoot, on Horton: "Aww man he's gotta be the luckiest guy in the world to get that. You gotta love that."
Fred Smoot, on the winning formula: "The good thing I like right now is we're playing team ball. It ain't one person you can just point out and say he the reason we're winning ball games. We're not playing like a team, we're playing like a family."
Clinton Portis, on Campbell: "Now I think Jason playing some of the best ball in the NFL. He's managing the team. It might not be 300-, 400-yard games, but at the same time he managing us as a team, we're not turning the ball over, he's getting us in and out of plays and that's what you need as a quarterback."
Jim Zorn, on Campbell: "In my own mind where Jason shined was he stayed concentrated in difficult situation against a tremendous defense. He didn't have any of these ups and downs, these sways of emotion. I always talk to him about, 'Bear down, ok, bear down,' and what I mean by that is if you have to grit your teeth to concentrate through difficult situations, you must. And certainly we were fortunate to beat a great football team and part of it was that concentration level. He just kept it up the whole game."
Jason Campbell, on himself: "After the first week, Coach Zorn came to me and said, 'You know, one thing I have to do with you is just trust you more.' From that standpoint, I told him, just trust me, and we'll go a long ways."
Pete Kendall, on last year's turnover issues: "I think everybody recognizes that we were making it harder than it already is, and it's already darn hard."
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